Britons ready to pay more council tax to fund social care : Welfare Weekly

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Survey finds 57% would pay extra to reverse shortfall caused by years of cuts.

A majority of Britons are prepared to pay more council tax to help stem the growing crisis in social care, with some ready to hand over £200 a year extra, according to a new survey.

In all, 57% of the public are ready to pay more council tax in order to boost social care. Funding care has become a key domestic political challenge after years of falling town hall budgets led to cuts in home services for older people.

The survey results come as the Conservatives finalise their manifesto, which is due to be published in the next few days and is widely expected to contain new plans to improve social care, after Theresa May promised that she would not “duck the issue” and would bring…

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